Obelisk and West Wind Sculpture -Angels and Demons - Vatican City
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 41° 54.133 E 012° 27.429
33T E 289077 N 4642046
Quick Description: The bas relief sculpture Wind Ponente, west of the obelisk at St. Peter's Square, was the second stop on Robert Langdon's "Path of Illumination". The second murder occurs under obelisk.
Location: Vatican City State
Date Posted: 10/26/2011 11:12:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMCYFT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 74

Long Description:
"The relief was elliptical, about three feet long, and carved with a rudimentary face - a depiction of the West Wind as an angel-like countenance. Gusting from the angels mouth, away from the Vatican ...the breath of God."

"They had circled away from the West Ponente in an attempt to lose the reporter but were now moving back towards the relief. "
"Despite the clanging bells, the area seemed perfectly calm. Tourist wandered. A homeless drunk dozed awkwardly at the base of the obelisk."

"Then ... the little girl began to scream."

In order to prevent the the Illuminati from destroying Vatican City with the use of antimatter, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon must retrace the "Path of Illumination". These are four places in Rome associated with the primordial elements: 'Earth', 'Air', 'Fire', and 'Water'. Each will lead to the next and the last one "Water" leads to the final destination.

Robert Langdon arrives at the second stop on the "Path of Illumination" - "Air". "Air" is represented by Bernini's bas relief, West Ponente, in the wind compass rose surrounding the obelisk at the center of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. Under the obelisk the second murder occurs. Cardinal Lamasse, a leading candidate to be the next pope, dies of asphyxiation after his lungs were punctured and he was left to die.
Short Description: The obelisk and the West Wind sculpture are a few feet apart. Cardinal Lamasse is murdered under the obelisk.

Book Title: Angels and Demons

First Year Published: 2000

Author's Name: Dan Brown

Name of Waymarked Item: Obelisk - St. Peter's Square

Location of Item: Center of St. Peter's Square

More Information:
Robert Langdon follows clues to Bernini's West Wind sculpture. Shortly after he arrives the second murder, of Cardinal Lamasse, occurs a few feet away, in a crowd of people, under the obelisk.

Admission Price?: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Link to more information about the book or waymarked item.: [Web Link]

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